X-35 Joint Strike Fighter
awarded one of two contracts for Joint Strike Fighter concept
demonstration by the U.S. Department of Defense, Lockheed Martin
Aeronautics Company began developing two demonstrator concepts
in November 1996. Flight evaluations of the demonstrator
aircraft began in 2000 and continued in 2001. Government
selection of a contractor for the JSF Engineering and
Manufacturing Development phase is set for late 2001.
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company designed their JSF
program to incorporate the low-cost, rapid-prototyping, and
advanced technology experience from their Palmdale facility; the
integrated product team structure, critical stealth technologies
and firsthand knowledge gained from their F-22 program office at
Marietta; and the total systems integration and world-class,
lean production capability of their Fort Worth facility.
Northrop Grumman brings a vast background in tactical aircraft
integration, carrier suitability, stealth technologies, avionics
systems integration, sensors and advanced commercial aircraft
manufacturing. BAE SYSTEMS provides its unique expertise and
experience with short takeoff and vertical landing (STOVL)
technology, subcontract management and lean manufacturing.
Though separated geographically, team members collaborate in a
virtual workspace created by shared databases and common audio,
video, and computer systems.
Flight testing of the X-35 demonstrator aircraft
began on Oct. 24, 2000, and concluded on Aug. 6, 2001, with all
requirements and objectives achieved or exceeded. The X-35A,
X-35B and X-35C established an unprecedented string of
flight-test records, maintaining an extraordinarily high level
of reliability throughout the testing period.
Joint Strike Fighter
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